As the coronavirus outbreak turned into a pandemic, we have been helping clients navigate the impacts and potential impacts to their operations. Our team is paying close attention to the guidance from relevant government entities, to the experiences shared by colleagues in Europe and Asia, and to media reports. We are thinking critically about how to best protect our clients against the business and legal risks posed by COVID-19, the rise of remote work, and the knock-on effects of the pandemic.
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Our Development Services Industry Team is assisting commercial and residential real estate owners, investors, developers, tenants, builders, and others in navigating COVID-19's impacts to projects, transactions, and operations. Our team is closely monitoring and communicating with regulators and local governments regarding permitting, environmental compliance, and other due diligence issues affecting projects moving forward. Our real estate attorneys are assisting clients on landlord/tenant matters, loan compliance, and general contract performance issues.
Our Education Industry Team continues to collect the most relevant and pertinent information to help our higher education clients navigate the potential impacts to their communities and operations. We are actively engaged with multiple institutions spotting and working through complex issues and areas of concern, including the following:
Our Energy Industry Team is assisting energy sector participants: utilities, generation developers, and owners. Our team is closely monitoring and communicating with regulators and local governments regarding regulatory and permitting advisories and requirements, including environmental and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) compliance. We are also working with other practice areas within our firm to provide clients with comprehensive guidance on employment, lending, securities, and other relevant commercial issues.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, financial institutions face challenges related to distressed customers and changing financial regulations, as well as the ongoing legal needs of operating their businesses. Our Financial Services Industry Team has a deep understanding of the industry and a problem-solving approach to meeting our clients’ needs, including in the areas of:
The pandemic is heavily impacting state and local governments, both in terms of their own operations and the guidance they are providing to their residents. We are helping government clients navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on labor and employment issues, access to the capital markets, and federal assistance available through new legislation. Additional areas in which we represent clients include:
Our Health Care Industry Team’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Group assists health care provider clients of all sizes in navigating the pandemic. Health care organizations have unique obligations in the current crisis. Our team includes a cross section of attorneys with insight into the health care industry, allowing us to provide comprehensive counsel. Our attorneys are helping health care providers and organizations:
Parker Poe is assisting life sciences and biotech companies on the front lines of this pandemic with corporate continuity and business funding issues. In addition to working on research and development to help with diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines, our clients' normal operations have been affected by the overall economic shutdown. For companies currently in the biotech space, as well as new companies entering the space for the first time to provide critical medical devices and supplies, navigating the regulatory hurdles in an environment where change is the new normal takes legal advisers who already understand the government playing field.
Our Manufacturing & Distribution Industry Group has formed a rapid response team for clients to provide: